It's interesting to hear what others do with LCSH. We do the same as Michele I think, e.g.
<geogname source="lcsh" >
<emph altrender="a">London (England) </emph>
<emph altrender="x">Church history</emph>
<emph altrender="y">17th century</emph>
(the divisions are just our way to structure the entry more precisely)
> We use geogname regularly since we choose the tag based on the first component of the subject heading and a lot of historical events are sub-fields of the place where they happened.
Yes, exactly so. Although I'm not really sure if 17th century church history is a place, even if it is about 17th century church history in London. It never feels quite right.
Ideally I encourage archivists to put the place name - in this case London, England, and also put the <subject> of 'church history'. Then researchers can search by place or subject and find the description. But of course, its also easy to decide to include <geogname> within a subject search, which would be another way to ensure that a search for 'church history' brings this description back.
I'm particularly keen on getting archivists to add place names, as I think they have enormous potential for new ways of visualising archival data.
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On 22 Oct 2013, at 17:21, Michele R Combs <[log in to unmask]>
> Oops, I forgot genreform Ė 7,617.
> From: Michele R Combs
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> Subject: RE: Evaluating inline EAD tagging practices in finding aids
> > Do repositories limit their usage to <persname>, <corpname>, <subject>,
> > and <genreform>, or expand out to use <occupation> and <geogname>?
> > Does it match the MARC record, or does it depend on the collection?
> As much as humanly possible, we keep our finding aids and our MARC records in sync, though itís a very manual process and not much fun to do.
> The only tag we donít use much is function (and 99% of the time, itís there only because it was in the pre-existing MARC record we used to create the skeleton EAD so it got imported). We use all the others, though usually a finding aid will have just one or maybe two <occupation>s so thatís the least frequently used. We use geogname regularly since we choose the tag based on the first component of the subject heading and a lot of historical events are sub-fields of the place where they happened.
> For example, the LCSH heading for the American Civil War is
> $a United States $x History $y Civil War, 1861-1865.
> Since the first component is geographic, weíd tag this as <geogname>.
> I did a quick search of our XML (~2100 files) and came up with this:
> subject = 12,118 occurrences
> persname = 12,016 (~2000 of these are in <origination>, though, not <controlaccess>)
> corpname = 3,233
> occupation = 3,030
> geogname = 1,983
> famname = 1,135
> function = 1,074